Too High to Fail

Too High to Fail

Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution

Book - 2012
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The first in-depth look at the burgeoning legal cannabis industry and how the "new green economy" is shaping our country

The nation's economy is in trouble, but there's one cash crop that has the potential to turn it around: cannabis (also known as marijuana and hemp).  According to Time , the legal medicinal cannabis economy already generates $200 million annually in taxable proceeds from a mere two hundred thousand registered medical users in just fourteen states.
But, thanks to Nixon and the War on Drugs, cannabis is still synonymous with heroin on the federal level even though it has won mainstream acceptance nationwide.

ABC News reports that underground cannabis's $35.8 billion annual revenues already exceed the combined value of corn ($23.3 billion) and wheat ($7.5 billion). Considering the economic impact of Prohibition--and its repeal-- Too High to Fail isn't a commune-dweller's utopian rant, it's an objectively (if humorously) reported account of how one plant can drastically change the shape of our country, culturally, politically, and economically.

Too High to Fail covers everything from a brief history of hemp to an insider's perspective on a growing season in Mendocino County, where cannabis drives 80 percent of the economy (to the tune of $6 billion annually). Investigative journalist Doug Fine follows one plant from seed to patient in the first American county to fully legalize and regulate cannabis farming. He profiles an issue of critical importance to lawmakers, media pundits, and ordinary Americans--whether or not they inhale. It's a wild ride that includes swooping helicopters, college tuitions paid with cash, cannabis-friendly sheriffs, and never-before-gained access to the world of the emerging legitimate, taxpaying "ganjaprenneur."
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781592407095
1592407099
Branch Call Number: 338.47362 F493t 2012
Characteristics: xlv, 319 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm

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Seattlebird
Jun 01, 2013

Agree with above comments - this book is all over the place - really enjoyed farewell my Subaru - does not compare - Too High is like one huge newspaper article that goes on and on....with Way too many footnotes.

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binational
Nov 17, 2012

Very disappointing. I was expecting an in-depth look at what to expect from the anticipated legalization of cannabis state by state and eventually nationwide. Instead, this book would be more accurately titled "My Adventures in Mendocino County, California." The whole book is about Mendocino County. Nothing more. Even then, it is short on analysis and long - agonizingly long - on firsthand story telling and reprinting of excerpts from local newspapers. Reflective of a disturbing new tendency to take the blogging style of poor editing and convert it into print.

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